There were 45 COVID-19-related deaths across the state on Tuesday and the statewide seven-day average for infection positivity was 4.37%, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office.
On Tuesday, the state reported that the seven-day average infection positivity rate for the Mohawk Valley was 9.2%.
In Oneida County, there were 247 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as well as two new virus-related deaths. The county infection positivity rate was 8.7%.
Also on Tuesday, there were 92 county residents hospitalized. Of that number, 61 were unvaccinated and 31 were vaccinated. There were 66 patients hospitalized at Mohawk Valley Health System, 18 at Rome Health and eight outside the county.
Vaccination call continues
Among officials urging caution and adherence to health and safety precautions through the winter holiday season, Hochul continued to call for state residents to be vaccinated on Wednesday.
"As the weather gets colder and friends and family gather indoors for the holiday season, the risk of a winter spike in COVID-19 cases rises," Hochul said in a statement. "My administration is carefully monitoring developments with the Omicron variant and is working to continue making vaccines and boosters widely available. We have the tools to fight this virus - get vaccinated if you haven't, and get the booster if you're vaccinated. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep you and your loved ones safe."
The Mohawk Valley Health System is now providing first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals 12 years of age and older through its COVID-19 vaccine distribution site located at the MVHS Burrstone House, 1710 Burrstone Road in New Hartford. COVID-19 boosters are also available at the site.
The hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday.
To schedule an appointment, access the following links:
• Moderna/Pfizer: https://tinyurl.com/yvnb9yxr
• Johnson & Johnson: https://tinyurl.com/5bkx9th9
For anyone unable to access the booster appointment system, call Central Scheduling at 315-624-4600 or use their https://www.mvhealthsystem.org/mychart account if they are an MVHS patient.
The states “Take Your Shot for an Outdoor Adventure” sweepstakes is now open.
During the month of December, anyone that receives their first COVID-19 vaccine dose is eligible to enter the sweepstakes and a random drawing to win special prize packages tailored to anglers, hunters, and other outdoor enthusiasts, a release notes.
"I'm ecstatic to open this sweepstakes to encourage all New Yorkers to get vaccinated. The vaccine is our best weapon against this pandemic, and every New Yorker needs to get this vaccine to ensure our great state can continue on its path to recovery," Hochul said in a statement, "With this new incentive, if you get your first vaccine dose in December, you could have the added bonus of winning an outdoor adventure in New York's pristine wilderness."
COVID-19 information links
• New York State’s COVID-19 data has been collected in one online spot at: https://on.ny.gov/3rw82oG
• In Oneida County, vaccine appointments and walk-ins are available at county-operated sites. To book an appointment, visit www.ocgov.net.
• Scheduling a vaccine appointment can also be completed at: vaccines.gov.
• COVID-19 case numbers and vaccination rates are available on Oneida County’s online Dashboard at: https://bit.ly/3A85tLp
• To see COVID-19 information for Madison County, visit: https://on.ny.gov/3je8vr0